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Louisiana's Way Home

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Harrowing, heartfelt, funny tale of '70s Southern tween.

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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Louisiana is a wonder!

Wonderful first-person narrative told by a precocious 12-year-old girl whose conniving and unscrupulous grandmother yanks her out bed in the dead of night to flee across the Florida state border. Their madcap flight and what happens to them in Georgia is the story that Louisiana gives us in her singular voice. A heartwarming tale of love, trust and family, and of a girl who keeps her chin up in spite of all her trials.

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Educational value
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age 10+

Story of a resilient girl

Must read prequel, Raymie Nightingale, to understand the background of the characters in the Louisiana book. Story of immature, unreliable and selfish adults who complicate the lives of Raymie, Louisiana, and others. The girls learn to fend for themselves and find adults they can trust.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (2 ):

Kate DiCamillo spins a harrowing tale of abandonment and family curses in a Southern small town in the '70s -- offset by determination, music, joy, kind strangers, and an irresistible kid narrator. Louisiana's Way Home features lots of great characters, humor, and heart. Young Louisiana's long-suffering outrage at being uprooted from home and friends (by a crazy adult) will resonate with many readers, who will find lots to cheer as she stands up to overwhelming circumstances. Here, after much struggle to find a phone, she's just failed to get the directory assistance operator to find the number of her friend back home:

"'Honey,' said the operator, 'it will all be fine.'

"And then there was a click and she was gone.

"I hung up the phone. I bent over and put my hands on my knees and worked to get air into my lungs.

"I thought, it will not all be fine.

"I thought, I am alone in the world, and I will have to find some way to rescue myself."

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